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Subaru Legacy vs. Honda Accord Reliability Comparisons

You won't find Subaru Legacy or Honda Accord reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots, to make it clear how much the Subaru Legacy and the Honda Accord truly differ in reliability.

These stats are promptly updated four times a year, to much more closely track Subaru Legacy and Honda Accord reliability as the cars age. Others tell you how reliable the Subaru Legacy and the Honda Accord were a year ago, when the cars were a year younger and had 12,000 fewer miles on them. Only TrueDelta tells you how reliable the Subaru Legacy and the Honda Accord have been recently.

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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
2014 Honda Accord 45 Accords, 2.8 months of data per Accord, average 3500 miles9
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2014 Subaru Legacy 48 Legacys, 3.7 months of data per Legacy, average 4100 miles7
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Honda Accord 152 Accords, 8.5 months of data per Accord, average 10000 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
18
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Subaru Legacy 108 Legacys, 9.5 months of data per Legacy, average 12900 miles22
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Honda Accord 37 Accords, 10.7 months of data per Accord, average 19300 miles6
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Subaru Legacy 113 Legacys, 10.5 months of data per Legacy, average 25200 miles17
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Honda Accord 41 Accords, 9.0 months of data per Accord, average 38600 miles13
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Subaru Legacy 151 Legacys, 10.0 months of data per Legacy, average 38100 miles28
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Honda Accord 52 Accords, 10.0 months of data per Accord, average 45300 miles25
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Subaru Legacy 121 Legacys, 9.5 months of data per Legacy, average 50000 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
22
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Honda Accord 60 Accords, 9.2 months of data per Accord, average 57900 miles9
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Subaru Legacy 58 Legacys, 9.1 months of data per Legacy, average 58000 miles36
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Honda Accord 94 Accords, 9.4 months of data per Accord, average 69900 miles30
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Subaru Legacy 68 Legacys, 9.2 months of data per Legacy, average 72500 miles

Starting to see head gasket failures with the 2008s. A common problem with previous model years.
65
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Honda Accord 106 Accords, 10.1 months of data per Accord, average 81000 miles29
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Subaru Legacy 50 Legacys, 9.9 months of data per Legacy, average 74900 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.
65
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Honda Accord 84 Accords, 9.5 months of data per Accord, average 96600 miles20
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Subaru Legacy 71 Legacys, 9.7 months of data per Legacy, average 89600 miles

Muliple reports of problems with head gaskets, cv joint boots, sway bar links, and wheel bearings.
88
70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Honda Accord 66 Accords, 9.7 months of data per Accord, average 110700 miles36
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Subaru Legacy 104 Legacys, 9.1 months of data per Legacy, average 99500 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Most common problems involve struts, wheel bearings, steering pump, CV joints.
91
70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Honda Accord 74 Accords, 9.5 months of data per Accord, average 119000 miles60
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Subaru Legacy 26 Legacys, 8.6 months of data per Legacy, average 122300 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.
86
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2003 Honda Accord 67 Accords, 9.2 months of data per Accord, average 136500 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
68
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2003 Subaru Legacy 30 Legacys, 10.0 months of data per Legacy, average 142800 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.
92
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2002 Honda Accord 44 Accords, 8.0 months of data per Accord, average 134700 miles65
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2002 Subaru Legacy   21 Legacys, 8.0 months of data per Legacy, average 144200 miles

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2001 Honda Accord 30 Accords, 8.5 months of data per Accord, average 153900 miles47
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2001 Subaru Legacy 32 Legacys, 8.6 months of data per Legacy, average 162600 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.
109
70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2000 Honda Accord 41 Accords, 9.4 months of data per Accord, average 157900 miles66
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2000 Subaru Legacy   21 Legacys, 8.5 months of data per Legacy, average 159000 miles

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1999 Honda Accord 28 Accords, 8.8 months of data per Accord, average 152600 miles63
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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1999 Subaru Legacy   17 Legacys, 7.8 months of data per Legacy, average 159700 miles

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1998 Honda Accord 25 Accords, 4.2 months of data per Accord, average 179600 miles46
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Subaru Legacy

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What Our Members Are Saying about Subaru Legacy Reliability and Durability

Reliability and Durability of the Subaru Legacy: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 4dr Sedan 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
We keep cars for 10 years or more. I expect to drive this one for the next 15.
2010 4dr Sedan 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed manual AWD
Had the previous model. I never had any problems, it was a solid car, as all Subarus seem to be.
2010 4dr Sedan 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
You see many Subarus still on the road. I have heard many stories of these vehicles still running great with high mileage.
2009 4dr Sedan turbocharged 243hp 2.5L H4
6-speed manual AWD
subaru has been using the same basic engine design for years. the design is tested and proven to be very durable.
2009 4dr Sedan 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Like most Japanese cars the Subaru is known for being reliable and durable. I have owned this vehicle for just over a year and with the exception of a leaky transmission line (assembly error) it has only required regular maintenance.
2008 4dr Sedan 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
I beat the piss out of my car - but it still keeps coming back for more. The only problem I had was a wheel bearing going bad. This was fixed under warranty.
2008 4dr Sedan turbocharged 243hp 2.5L H4
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
proven engine and awd
2007 4dr Sedan 175-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Low maintenance, tough enough to base a heavy duty version of the car, think Outback, will go hundreds of thousands of miles if you just remember to do the recommended maintenance.
2006 4dr Wagon turbocharged 250hp 2.5L H4
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Here in Canada, we see extremes in temperatures. It gets very hot in the summer and very cold in the winter. You need a car that is built tough.
2006 4dr Sedan 175-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Very dependable.
Reliability and Durability of the Subaru Legacy: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2005 4dr Sedan turbocharged 250hp 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
Many more problems than any other Subaru I have owned. Lots of fit and finish issues along with failing wheel bearings and bad fuel injectors.
2002 4dr Wagon 165-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed automatic AWD
Annual repairs have nearly doubled price paid for vehicle; substantial engine problems; none of the 4 recalls addressed engine issues.

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